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Monitor Notes: Substance Abuse Solutions, Textiles and Climate Change, Harmful Algal Blooms


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


Collaborative Solutions to Substance Abuse
Thursday, October 20th, 12pm

Drug abuse and addiction has risen nationwide, and the epidemic is perhaps most visible in downtown San Francisco, where open-air sales and use are prevalent. Understanding the root causes of this epidemic and developing policies to address them have proved challenging, and there’s widespread consensus that the status quo isn’t acceptable. Join SPUR for a virtual talk with public health officials and community groups to learn how they are creating solutions that work. 

Register for the online event here.


Fashion’s Impact on Climate Change
Wednesday, October 19th, 4pm

Did you know that the fashion industry, especially fast fashion, creates more CO2 emissions than international air travel and maritime shipping combined?  Fibershed, a non-profit organization located in Marin County, is working to grow regional fiber networks around the world, composed of affiliates who are fiber producers, artisans, designers, and makers. Rebecca Burgess, ED of Fibershed, will speak at the League of Women Voters of Piedmont’s Climate Speaker Series about the ways in which she sees regional textile networks as one antidote to the harmful effects of fast fashion.

Register for the online event here.


District Attorney Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 19th, 5pm

Join the Alameda County Bar Association at a virtual forum to hear from candidates running for Alameda County District Attorney this fall. Event is sponsored in presented in part by the six local Leagues of Women Voters that comprise Alameda County.

Submit questions ahead of time here, and register for the online event here


Harmful Algal Blooms
Monday, October 24th, 7pm

This past summer, the Bay Area experienced a Harmful Algal Bloom of Heterosigma akashiwo, which led to a large fish die off in waters from Mare Island to Lake Merrit. To help educate the public about these blooms, SF Baykeeper has partnered with the San Francisco Bay chapter of the Sierra Club to answer questions like: Why is this happening? What made an event of this size possible? Should we expect for more algae blooms like this in the future? 

Register for the online event here.



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